March 5, 2010: Health Department Investigating Possible Subway Shigella Outbreak

Subway Shigella Outbreak News – The DuPage County Health Department reported that as of March 5, 2010, twelve cases of shigellosis linked to a Subway Restaurant in Lombard have been confirmed. At least seven of those sickened were hospitalized as a result of their illness.

Dozens of non-confirmed cases were also reported, and the total number of those sickened in the outbreak will likely increased.

DuPage County Health Department Advice

The DuPage County Health Department asks anyone who became ill approximately 12 hours to 4 days after eating at the Subway located at 1009 E. Roosevelt Road in Lombard from February 24 through March 1, 2010, to report their illness to the health department by calling (630) 682-7400. By reporting your illness, you can help public health officials determine the cause of the Shigella outbreak and prevent others from becoming sick.

Shigellosis Symptoms

Shigellosis is a foodborne illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. The illness is characterized by diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, fever, and stomach cramps, beginning anywhere from 12 hours to 4 days after eating food contaminated with Shigella. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via fecal to oral contact. In the case of Shigella foodborne illness, contaminated food, which may look, smell, and taste normal, is consumed. Food can become contaminated with Shigella by food handlers who do not adequately wash their hands with soap after using the bathroom, or by using produce from sewage contaminated fields.

If you are experiencing Shigella food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm Shigella infection. Let your doctor know that you ate at the Subway Restaurant.

Shigella Outbreak Victims

The New Brunswick, NJ, Personal Injury Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg is currently assisting individuals sickened in this latest Shigella outbreak that may be linked to the Subway located in Lombard, Illinois. We are ready to help you. If you believe that you are an outbreak victim, and you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please call our firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. Please visit our firm site to learn more about food poisoning lawsuits.

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